The PFA is deeply saddened by the passing of former Port Vale player John Jeffers, aged 52.
Jeffers was born in Liverpool, showing a natural gift for football from an early age. He played 7 times for England schoolboys during the 1984 season and signed for Liverpool in 1986.
After two seasons at Anfield, Jeffers struggled to make a first team appearance and left to join Port Vale, initially on loan in 1988. After just a couple of games, Jeffers showed his ability down the left wing and soon became a firm favourite of Port Vale supporters, making a permanent move to club.
During his eight seasons with Port Vale, Jeffers made a total of 219 appearances and helped the side win two promotions. In 1995 after suffering a number of injuries, Jeffers moved on loan to Shrewsbury Town, making five appearances.
Following his time at Port Vale and Shrewsbury, Jeffers joined Stockport County in August 1995, making his full debut on 18th November 1995. He will always be remembered by Stockport County fans for part in the 1996-97 season, which many regards as the greatest in the clubs history. He appeared in 48 games for the club during their prolific season and will always be remembered for coming off the bench to secure the only goal against promotion rivals Watford in April 1997. His professional career came to an end in August 1997, following an injury.
The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with John’s family and friends